A Ministry of Opening Doors
February 11, 2020: SOAP #3722: Leviticus 15-17; Acts 18
Scripture: Acts (NIV) 18:24 Meanwhile a Jew namedApollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with athorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way ofthe Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately,though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in thesynagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their homeand explained to him the way of God more adequately. 27 When Apollos wanted togo to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there towelcome him. On arriving, he was a great help to those who by grace hadbelieved. 28 For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving fromthe Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
Observation: Inthe ministry of Apollos, we see many people had an important part. From his initial learning in the scriptures,to his continued education provided by Priscilla and Aquila. But what caught my attention was the lettersof introduction written to the believers in Achaia.
It is a ministry of opening doors for others. It is making a recommendation for someone's ministry. It is opening a door of opportunity for someone'sministry into a new area, an area where they are not known. People in that area may need that ministry,but it might take a letter of recommendation to open the door.
Application: When God has blessed me with someone'sministry it would be proper to write a letter of recommendation or introduction. It is a good way to appreciate how God hasused that ministry to encourage my life.
Prayer: HolySpirit, you have placed ministries in my path to build me up, to encourage me, togive me guidance, to correct me, and to inspire me. Thank you. Show me ways to appreciate those who have had an important part in mylife and ministry. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!